Moscow: There will be no portraits of Russian Prime Minister and presidential frontrunner Vladimir Putin’s on campaign posters across Russia ahead of the March 4 polls, the Vedomosti daily said on Monday referring to a source within the politician’s election staff.

The prime minister is well known and there is no necessity to feature him; for that reason slogans will come to the spotlight in campaign posters, the source continued. One of them will say “A strong leader for a great country,” he added.

Putin’s United Russia party's press service and his election staff refused official comments to media.
Images of Putin, considered the most likely candidate to win the presidential election, may appear on posters and billboards in mid-February when the second wave of the election campaign will kick off, a source within one of Putin’s regional teams said.

Putin served two terms as Russia’s president between 2000 and 2008, but was barred from standing for a third consecutive term by the Constitution. He became prime minister after his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, became president.

(Agencies)